Our Senior Executives

 

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Stephanie Bird

I am a seasoned executive with a breadth of experience in Finance, Operations and Risk Management who is energized by complex problem solving associated with building foundations for sustainable scalability in growth organizations. I am respected as a motivational and collaborative leader who builds and inspires high performance teams.

My corporate career spans 25 years assisting companies in the service sector with industry specialization in media, retail energy, digital and travel. Most recently I was SVP Operations at Kognitiv operationalizing and streamlining the recent acquisitions to align them with the overall mandate of the organization.

I have a BBA from the Schulich School of Business, my CPA CA from CPA Ontario and certificates from the Executive Development Program at Kellogg and the Leadership Path with Forrest. I am a member of FEI Canada and the Institute of Corporate Directors and sit on the Board of the Bruce Trail Conservancy.

 

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    Process Alignment/Business Improvement

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    Governance

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    Enterprise Risk Management

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    Board/Stakeholder Relations

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    Mergers & Acquisitions

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    Strategy Development/Implementation

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    Collaborative Multi Site Leadership

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    Financial Management

headshot, Michael Cato
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Michael Cato

I am a results-driven sales management leader with broad success in leading businesses and organizations. Deep understanding of CPG environment and North American retail landscape in food, drug, mass, club, and e-commerce channels. Create and execute compelling and metrics-oriented strategic business plans with solutions that fuel top and bottom-line growth.

Pivot quickly, manage ambiguity, and take thoughtful risks, blending strategic and agile thinking to effectively problem solve and develop solutions for customers and generate strong outcomes for organization. Foster consensus and work cross-functionally to advance best practices. Build high-performance sales teams with disciplined focus on achieving sustainable and profitable growth.

 

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    Account Development & Growth

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    Relationship Management

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    Budgeting & Forecasting

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    P&L Management

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    Strategic Business Planning & Execution

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    New Product Launches

 

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Jay Davis

For the last 10 years, as a global operations supply chain executive, I have been recruited to turn around and scale up organizations, with Volvo, Hammond Power Solutions and Canada Post. Including an assignment in Europe for 6 years as a global vice president, leading a group of experts in the deployment of a lean operating system in sales, operations, supply chain and engineering throughout Asia, Americas and Europe. Additional responsibilities included completing the due diligence and integration of recently acquired companies and deploying digital transformation strategies ensure all levels of leadership have the right information at the right time to make the right decisions.

I look forward to my next opportunity within the manufacturing, logistics, defense, construction or food sectors as a CEO/COO with a small to medium size company or a VP with a larger company within operations / supply chain or strategy.

 

Areas of Expertise

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    Lean Operating Systems

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    Strategy Development / Deployment

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    Program Management Office

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    Global Supply Chain / Logistics

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    M&A Joint Ventures

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    Engineering / Product Portfolio Development

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    Sales

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    Innovation / Collaboration

headshot, Charles-Albert (C-A) de Magistris
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Charles-Albert (C-A) de Magistris

I am an accomplished customer experience transformation executive who effectively leverages data analysis and technology to implement pragmatic solutions that grow revenue, decrease churn and reduce operational expenses. A progressive and strategic thought leader, I am able to draw on my personal success managing both retail and contact center multi-site, multi-partner operations in complex organizations. I am known as a motivational, inspiring leader who builds high performance teams, and combines international experience with multi language fluency.

I have an MBA from INSEAD, a Masters and a Bachelor degree in Engineering from McGill University. I grew up in Nigeria and Europe before moving to Canada, play hockey regularly, and volunteer as a self-expression and leadership coach

 

Areas of Expertise

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    Corporate Strategy and Planning

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    Project and Change Management

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    Analytics and Insights

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    Loyalty Marketing Strategy and Execution

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    Multi-site Operations

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    Technology Orchestration and Adoption

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    Cross-functional Team Leadership

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    KPI Development and Performance Management

 

headshot, Steve Edmondson
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Steve Edmondson

I am a Customer Experience and Service Operations leader who knows how to empower customer facing functions across multiple channels to successfully leverage the full value of their customer interactions. With over 25 years of experience in running call centre operations, customer service, and customer experience functions for major organizations, I understand how vital an aligned strategy and robust cross-functional working partnership is to achieve exceptional results. A servant leader who believes that truly engaged employees are the foundation to great customer experiences, I'm proud of my reputation for developing high potential people and effective teams.

Most recently, I served as VP of Canadian Contact Centres for Manulife, and prior to that as VP Customer Service for Canada Post. I've also held similar executive roles with Rogers Communications and Bell Canada.

I have an MBA from the Schulich Business School and a BASc in Engineering from the University of Toronto.

 

Areas of Expertise

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    Customer Experience

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    Loyalty & Retention

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    Contact Centres

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    Business Transformation

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    Operations & General Management

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    Process Re-engineering

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    Strategic Planning

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    Leadership & Team Building

headshot, Frederick Glady
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Frederick Glady

I am a seasoned business executive, entrepreneur and lawyer with rich experience in digital content and software business leadership. My functional competencies include product development, sales and marketing, customer engagement, and legal. Career highlights at Thomson Reuters Canada include: the launch of many successful digital solutions, transformation of go-to-market functional teams, and 18+ years of consistently achieving annual financial and strategic objectives.

I advise digital and AI start-ups and recently launched a virtual law firm, GladyLaw. Important to me are volunteering on the board of Camp Quality Canada and Lytton Park Residents' Organization, and advising aspiring entrepreneurs at ventureLAB, Ryerson DMZ, and U of T's Entrepreneurship Hatchery.

I drive innovation and business growth drawing from my strengths as executive, entrepreneur and lawyer. My next opportunity will put me in a senior commercial or general management position at a software or digital content business with ambitions for growth.

 

Areas of Expertise

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    General/Commercial Leadership

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    Strategic Leadership

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    Sales & Marketing

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    Business Transformation

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    Product Development & Management

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    Financial Management

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    Customer Engagement

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    Legal/Governance

 

headshot, Dan Lawrence
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Dan Lawrence

I am an accomplished business leader with over 25 years of experience marked with success in finance, operations, IT transformation, customer care and translating organizational vision and objectives into award-winning business outcomes. I am goal oriented with the ability to consistently identify opportunities to maximize organizational efficiencies and mitigate organizational risk. I have an uncompromising belief in the potential of well-developed teams and strive to improve the team and its individuals every day.

I am currently seeking a new role as a senior leader in an operations or finance capacity where I can put my experience and passion as a strategic business leader and team builder to work. Ideal roles would be President/CEO, COO, CFO, VP Operations or VP Finance.

I hold a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University and am also a CPA, CMA.

 

Areas of Expertise

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    P & L Management

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    Strategic Planning

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    IT & Technology Driver

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    KPI Development & Reporting

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    Consensus Builder

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    Shareholder/Board relations

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    Process Improvement

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    Contract Negotiation

headshot, Andres Martinez
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Andres Martinez

I lead mission critical transformations that drive performance step changes - from devising opportunities, to defining approach, and ultimately implementing them. My 20+ years expertise in Strategy, Sales performance and large project delivery ensure transformations that are aligned with the long-term direction, focused on customers and have disciplined implementation and results tracking. I drive collaborative ideation within and beyond the company and industry. I build positive relationships with board members, colleagues and clients to influence and drive change. My passion is going beyond the strategy and making it a reality. I enjoy the challenge and thrill of success from making complex initiatives real!

I am looking for executive level opportunities in midsize to large companies undergoing technology or growth transitions which are looking to instill fortune 500 practices to attack the opportunity and drive their transformation towards new levels of performance.

 

Areas of Expertise

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    Corporate Strategy

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    Sales strategy and planning

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    Retail and Dealer management

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    Loyalty programs

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    Leading organizational change

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    Performance measurement

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    Strategic planning

 

headshot, Frank Massey
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Frank Massey

I am a Financial Services Executive with a background in Governance, Risk and Compliance. My global span includes Western Europe, North America, and the Middle East, where I built a Risk Management department from the ground up and spearheaded regulatory governance programs. I worked for American Express, CIBC, Citigroup and Scotiabank. While leading enterprise risk management and compliance initiatives, I liaised with external audit, rating agencies and financial regulators.

Currently with an Artificial Intelligence solutions provider, I spoke at the CPA Ontario Association, Rotman School of Management, and the Global Risk Institute in Financial Services on "Artificial Intelligence: Optimizing Business Transformation, Reducing Risk & Scaling Profitability."

I earned a degree in Computer Science and Statistics as well as an MBA in Finance. Interesting and challenging roles I am exploring include VP, Governance, Risk, Compliance | Head of Risk Management, Analytics, Innovation, Business Transformation | Chief Risk & Compliance Officer.

 

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    Regulatory Governance

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    Enterprise Risk Management

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    Compliance & Reputational Risk

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    Risk Strategy & Credit Policy

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    Business Transformation

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    Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

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    Servant Leadership

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    Relationship Building